A Landscape Analysis of Domestic Violence Laws

Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:35 PM
Author: Thomson Reuters Foundation, CMS and DLA Piper International LLP
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In the People’s Republic of China, a 2013 survey found that 54.6% of 1858 respondents had experienced domestic violence. Recent high-profile cases have helped draw attention to the issue of domestic violence in China but there is still much work that needs to be done. The research will be used to support Beijing Fanbao’s anti-domestic violence advocacy activities and their interactions with legislators to reform anti-domestic violence legislation in China.

Beijing Fanbao (Anti-Domestic Violence Network) is the first and only multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral alliance focusing on domestic violence against women in China. This work is vitally important as the National People’s Conference recently stated that anti-domestic violence legislation would be included in a review of important laws in 2013 and in the future.

Through TrustLaw Connect, Beijing Fanbao was connected to lawyers from CMS and DLA Piper who performed research on the legal frameworks that govern domestic violence. The research covers 24 jurisdictions and identifies the existence of anti-domestic violence laws and how they work in practice.

This report looks into domestic violence legislation, including laws on mental abuse, support for victims, punishment/rehabilitation for offenders, support for affected children, the role of employers and public institutions, and enforcement mechanisms. It includes analyses of whether relevant laws apply universally regardless of sexuality or gender, and also whether the laws protect domestic workers.

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